Question: Is August Too Late To Plant Vegetables?
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Summer is heading to a close, and I never did do much with my vegetable garden plot. Is August too late to plant vegetables? Thanks for your advice!
Not at all! There are many types of vegetables that are ideal for fall planting and harvesting. In fact, August is the perfect time to start the second gardening season, before the first frosts set in. Here’s a list of some of the crops you can plant now and enjoy this fall:
- Spinach – Sow through the middle of August for fall harvesting. This should give you about 10 weeks of growth before the first frost, and allow the leaves to fully develop.
- Peas – Green peas and sugar peas are two of the best types. You’ll want to plant these soon, as most need 70-90 days of growth.
- Kale – This fashionably cool vegetable is a great addition to fall casseroles and soups. Plant throughout the month of August, and plan for harvesting about 6-8 weeks out.
- Carrots – Quite a few varieties will work! Choose one that is ready to harvest in about 60 days.
- Beans – Plant these early in August. You can look for varieties that say ‘early’ on the package. Get your kids involved and they can enjoy watching those beans twine up the trellis until time to pick them!
- Radish – These grow quickly and are very easy to grow. Should be ready to harvest in about 30 days.
- Lettuce – Look for ‘early’ varieties, and you should be able to enjoy a fall harvest. Buttercrunch is an excellent option. You may want to read up on tips for protecting lettuce growing in your particular zone, as some may require a greenhouse type cover to protect them. But under the right circumstances, you could be growing lettuce all the way until Nov. or even Dec.!
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